September 24, 2012 at 08:43 PM EDT

Earlier today, we showed you the mid-show tear that Fiona Apple went on in Texas last weekend, wherein she obliquely accused several of the officers handling her recent arrest of wrongdoing.

Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming, he of the Hudspeth County Sheriff’s Department which handled Apple’s brief incarceration, had something to say about that.

“First, Honey, I’m already more famous than you, I don’t need your help. However, it would appear that you need mine,” he wrote.

“Two weeks ago nobody in the country cared about what you had to say—now that you’ve been arrested it appears your entire career has been jump-started. Don’t worry Sweetie, I won’t bill you.

“Next, have you ever heard of Snoop, Willie or Armand Hammer? Maybe if you would read something besides your own press releases, you would have known BEFORE you got here, that if you come to Texas with dope, the cops will take your DOPE away and put YOU in jail.

“Even though you and I only met briefly in the hallway, I don’t know you but I’m sure you’re an awesome and talented young woman and even though I’m not a fan of yours, I am sure there are thousands of them out there, and I’m sure that they would just as soon you get this all behind you and let you go back to what you do best—so my last piece of advice is simple ‘just shut-up and sing.’


Rusty Fleming”

In case you missed it, here’s what Apple had to say during her show in Houston on Friday night.

Except for that line about Apple’s career needing a jump-start (if anything, her exposure for The Idler Wheel has been the biggest it has been since her debut), that’s a top-shelf smackdown care of a dude named Rusty.

So has this whole Fiona Apple with hash situation gotten out of hand, or has it just been elevated to another level? It’ll be interesting to see if Apple throws a counter-punch, and whether or not she’ll write a moody song about Texas lawmen on her next album.


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